Last week, striking workers staged a march across the Brooklyn Bridge and a rally in downtown Manhattan against Charter Communications, the owner of Spectrum cable--one of two cable operators with a monopoly in NYC. Local #3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) called for the demonstration, which was joined by thousands of workers from around the area from sympathetic unions like the Hotel Trades Council, the New York State Nurses Association, the Teamsters, and SEIU Local 32BJ. Even the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka attended. Though only on strike for six months, Spectrum workers have been working without a contract since 2013--when Time Warner owned the franchise. Not surprisingly, the dispute centers on economic issues and benefits. Christopher Erikson, business manager of IBEW local #3, discusses with WBAI radio's The Morning Show the protest and strike, the CEO's $98 million salary and more.
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